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: very dry
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Examples of bone-dry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rain is needed desperately in parts of Mexico and Central America that are bone-dry after weeks of unrelenting heat. Mary Gilbert, CNN, 18 June 2024 The acerbic Stockton indie rockers, beloved for their spiky guitar interplay and frontman Stephen Malkmus’ bone-dry wit, released a number of rock-critic-beloved albums in the ‘90s for indie label Matador, and returned as festival favorites in the 2010s. August Brown, Los Angeles Times, 21 May 2024 Hillsides were caked and brown, city streets were dotted with dead lawns, and wildfires raged throughout the state and region, feeding on bone-dry grass and shrubs. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2024 The result is Shin Godzilla, a bone-dry satire of government impotence and self-important bureaucrats that’s the most realistic installment in the series since the original. Katie Rife, EW.com, 28 Mar. 2024 Then, a bone-dry second half of the year and sparse early winter snow left the landscape parched. Time, 22 Aug. 2023 For the first time since 2005, a lake — called Lake Manly — has formed in Badwater Basin, an expanse of salt flats within the park that are usually bone-dry. Michael Charboneau, Los Angeles Times, 29 Feb. 2024 The famously bone-dry salt flats at the bottom of Death Valley National Park in California aren't the first spot where most experienced kayakers would expect to paddle out. USA TODAY, 27 Feb. 2024 Napa wineries produce world class dry Riesling on par with the finest bottles from Alsace, offering bone-dry freshness and flavors of peach and lemon with a hint of florality. Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 10 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bone-dry was in the 15th century

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“Bone-dry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bone-dry. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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